Dr. Peter J. Cobb: Digital Humanities? Exploring Technology’s Roles in Studying the Past

Date: 3 April 2019
Time: 5pm
Venue:  Room 4.34, Run Run Shaw Tower

A recent trend finds humanities programs explicitly promoting engagement with emergent digital technologies. Yet definitions of the term ‘Digital Humanities’ and agreement on the motivations for its use remain very much open to discussion. This talk explores the concept through examples from the study of the human past, particularly within archaeological research on material culture…. (please click on the image to read more)

Dr. Isabelle Frank: The Lamentation of Christ and the Melodramatic Imagination

Date: 27 March 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:30pm
Venue:  Room 4.34, Run Run Shaw Tower

Melodrama, as famously defined by Peter Brooks, was a new secular genre that emerged after the French Revolution to fill the void left by the demise of religion and its moral framework. Melodrama’s originality lay in its creating a highly rhetorical, emotional presentation which moved the viewer to identify with the ‘good’ and to shun evil. Melodrama assumed the role previously held by religious in imparting clear moral lessons…. (please click on the image to read more)